Tim Ream (Fulham)
Ream was taken off on 72 minutes in a formation shift with Fulham trailing Watford 3-1 on Tuesday, and the defender watched from the bench as the Hornets added one more and officially relegated the Cottagers. He was pretty poor in the contest, and while none of the three goals conceded was directly his fault, Ream could have done better positionally on all of them. It’s the story of his season; he hasn’t always been the worst defender, but Ream simply hasn’t been good enough, and Fulham are paying the price as a result. At 31, there’s every possibility that
Danny Williams (Huddersfield)
Huddersfield too have been relegated from the Premier League, and the cellar-dwellars lost again this week, falling 4-1 at home to Leicester. Williams was an unused substitute. There are questions about his future as well with the midfielder’s contract set to expire this summer, but new Huddersfield boss Jan Siewert spoke this week of the positive impression Williams has made on him during his recovery from injury and subsequent return to the matchday squad. He should have further chances to impress over the final weeks of the season, even with the Terriers already on their way to the Championship.
DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United)
Newcastle haven’t been relegated, but they also lost their only match this week, and fingers will be pointed in Yedlin’s direction after the defeat. The Magpies lost 1-0 at St. James’ Park to Crystal Palace, bringing a five match winning home run to an end, and Yedlin conceded the penalty that Luka Milivojevic converted into the only goal of the contest. It came in the 80th minute, too, as the right back dove in and clumsily took out Wilfried Zaha’s standing foot, making it easy for the Palace talisman to go down and win the spot kick. He didn’t do much overall in the match, either, and he was wasteful in the attacking third when getting into decent positions. All in all, it was a weekend the 25-year-old will want to forget.
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Swansea City, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
It was an excellent week for Swansea, who won 3-0 over Brentford and 3-1 over Middlesbrough and still possess a very outside chance at a playoff place (nine points back with seven to play). Carter-Vickers appeared in both matches, though he came on as a late substitute against Brentford, only coming on with the game in the bag in the 82nd minute. Against Boro, though, the 21-year-old started and put together a solid showing. He finished with five aerials and four clearances, also passing at a 95 percent clip. He will take some responsibility for losing the header from a corner that led to Boro’s only goal, but it came with the game already decided in the final 10 minutes. He was another who was praised by his manager this week, with Swansea boss Graham Potter saying, “On and off the pitch he's been brilliant.” Despite a slight hiccup earlier in the season when it looked like he might go back to Spurs before an injury to a teammate, this has overall been a very beneficial campaign for the young center back.
Matt Miazga (Reading, on loan from Chelsea)
Miazga had a good first half and a miserable second half as Reading saw a 1-0 lead turn into a 3-1 defeat at Hull. The center back tallied three clearances and two tackles in the match, and he even had a shot as the Royals played a strong opening 45 minutes. After the break, though, Miazga and his fellow defenders had a nightmarish go of things. The 23-year-old was sucked way out of position on Hull’s opener, flailed in an attempt to block a cross before the second, and was exposed multiple other times over the second half. It was a day to forget for Reading, and they’ll have to do so quickly as they sit in 21st place, just one point above the drop zone.
Antonee Robinson (Wigan Athletic, on loan from Everton)
Playing as a left wing-back, Robinson went the distance in Wigan’s 2-2 draw with Bristol City. He was caught a bit too far upfield on Bristol’s first but otherwise had a decent game, which included a few attacking bursts — one early in the buildup to Wigan’s opener — and three tackles. The Latics nabbed a point at the deaths to take back home with them, which is big as they currently sit just one point ahead of Miazga’s Reading. There should be quite a relegation battle in the Championship this season.
Tyler Adams (RB Leipzig)
After another spectacular showing last week, Adams was absent from the Leipzig squad this week due to an adductor injury. There isn’t a ton of news available about the knock, but both player and club will be hopeful that it isn’t a long-term issue. Leipzig didn’t skip a beat without him, though, beating Augsburg to advance to the DfB-Pokal semifinal before topping Leverkusen 4-2 in league play.
John Anthony Brooks (Wolfsburg)
As usual, Brooks went the distance for Wolfsburg in a 3-1 win over relegation-threatened Hannover. The center back completed 89 percent of his 80 passes while winning four aerials and tacking on three interceptions, two tackles, and two clearances. However, Brooks was also largely responsible for Hannover’s only goal, as he (and his fellow center back, it should be said) let the opposition striker sneak in between them on a counter attack when he was the only attacker to worry about. Still, it’s a big win for Wolfsburg, who sit in sixth but are within shouting distance of a Champions League place.
Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Chandler is back in training, but it remains uncertain when he’ll return to the field for Frankfurt. Eintracht won again this week, beating Schalke 2-1 and extending their lead over Monchengladbach in the race for the final UCL spot to four points.
Aron Johannsson (Werder Bremen)
Johannsson was again an unused substitute for Bremen in their 2-0 DfB-Pokal win over Schalke, though he wasn’t in the matchday squad that drew 1-1 with Gladbach on the weekend. Still, it’s undoubtedly a positive to see him back in consideration for Bremen’s final run in as they seek a European place, either via the league or cup route.
Josh Sargent (Werder Bremen)
Likewise, Sargent was an unused sub against Schalke before missing the squad against Gladbach. Fans may be disappointed by his lack of playing time over the second half, but it’s still been a successful campaign overall for the 19-year-old, who could be set for a major bump in minutes next season if Bremen make the Europa League.
Fabian Johnson (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Johnson was a 66th-minute substitute for Gladbach in that draw against Bremen, which extends their league winless run to three and sees them fall further behind Frankfurt. After coming in as a right wing-back, Johnson recorded one shot off target and one key pass, but he was on the pitch as Bremen scored a 79th-minute equalizer (he wasn’t responsible). Gladbach have work to do to get back into the Champions League places.
Weston McKennie (Schalke)
Well, so much for missing “several weeks” with the ankle injury he suffered on international duty. Though McKennie obviously didn’t play in Schalke’s losses to Bremen or Frankfurt, the 20-year-old midfielder has reportedly returned to individual training, and while it’s still quite possible that he could miss an extended amount of time, even the biggest pessimist can’t help but be happy about that news. We’ll monitor his recovery over the coming weeks.
Haji Wright (Schalke)
Wright didn’t make the 18-man squad for either of Schalke’s matches. He did, however, play and score for the U-23s this week in a win over TSG Sprockhövel.
Alfredo Morales (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
Morales wasn’t in the matchday 18 that went to Hertha Berlin and came away with a 2-1 win.
Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund, on loan from Chelsea)
As expected, Pulisic didn’t play due to injury as Dortmund were crushed by Bayern, losing 5-0 to slip behind the defending champions and back to second place in the Bundesliga. He’s expected to be out until late April at the earliest, and he’ll likely miss 2-4 weeks. He could, though, return just in time to have a say in the Bundesliga title chase over the season’s final few weeks.
Timothy Tillman (FC Nurnberg, on loan from Bayern Munich)
Tillman was again an unused substitute as Nurnberg drew Stuttgart 1-1. They’re currently four points back of that same Stuttgart, who sit in 16th and the relegation playoff place.
Bobby Wood (Hannover, on loan from Hamburg)
As it’s been for a few weeks now, Wood wasn’t included in Hannover’s 18-man squad that lost to Wolfsburg. Hannover are as good as relegated, sitting seven points from a playoff and 11 from safety at the bottom of the table, so manager Thomas Doll has made getting younger players minutes a focus, which includes one 18-year-old we’ll discuss in the Youth section.
Julian Green (Greuther Fuerth)
Green started and played 76 minutes in Fuerth’s first game of the week, a scoreless draw with Dynamo Dresden, but he missed out on the squad all together for the 2-1 win over Darmstadt. It’s unclear if there was any specific reason for his absence. Fuerth sit in 10th and will almost certainly finish in the middle of the second division table.
Jordan Siebatcheu (Rennes)
Siebatcheu is expected to miss about two months after suffering an injury on February 10. He has yet to return to action. Rennes drew 3-3 with Angers.
Andrija Novakovich (Fortuna Sittard, on loan from Reading)
This was a difficult week for Novakovich and Sittard, who got a point from a scoreless draw with Den Haag but were also thrashed 5-0 by PEC Zwolle. In the former, Novakovich came off in stoppage time after an active showing, as he tallied five aerial wins, four dribbles, and four shots, though all were off target. In the latter, though, he made little impact on the match other than being the only outlet Sittard could count on, as he won 11 aerials but didn’t record a shot. He’s certainly a focal point for his side and has had a good campaign overall, but the 22-year-old will need to impact games more consistently moving forward.
Erik Palmer-Brown (NAC Breda, on loan from Manchester City)
Palmer-Brown played 180 minutes for Breda, going the distance in a four-man back line in both a 2-1 win over Excelsior and a 1-0 loss to Heracles. He was actually far better in the loss than in the win; against Excelsior, he should have made a better attempt to either defend the crosser or the striker on the only goal his side conceded, while he tallied just three clearances, a number he dwarfed against Heracles when he notched 12. He also passed at 93 percent against Heracles after going at 89 percent against Excelsior, though he again was partially at fault for the goal against by letting a striker behind him undetected. Breda are likely going to be relegated, but Palmer-Brown is setting himself up for a better loan next season.
Timothy Weah (Celtic, on loan from PSG)
In a rare start for Celtic, Weah scored just 14 minutes in to set the Scottish leaders on their way to a 2-0 win at St. Mirren. The forward was quickest to react to a bouncing ball in the box and nodded home off the underside of the crossbar for his fourth goal in the green and white hoops. He would go on to play 78 minutes before being taken off, but his showing wasn’t enough to get him a start on the weekend as he returned to the bench and entered as a 71st-minute substitute in a scoreless draw with Livingston. Celtic are closing in on their 10th straight title and could confirm it in two weeks, when they face Hibs. Additionally, there was a rumor floating around that Weah was being scouted by both Bournemouth and Crystal Palace ahead of a possible transfer from PSG,
Emerson Hyndman (Bournemouth, English Premier League)
Unsurprisingly, Hyndman did not appear for Bournemouth this week.
Kyle Scott (Chelsea, English Premier League)
Scott remains out of the Chelsea U-23 side and did not play this week.
Geoff Cameron (Queens Park Rangers, on loan from Stoke City)
Cameron started and played 60 minutes for QPR in a 4-0 hammering from Norwich.
Eric Lichaj (Hull City, Championship)
Lichaj went the distance in a 3-1 come-from-behind win over Reading. The Tigers are only five points out of a promotion playoff spot, but with only four games left and five places to climb, it’s a difficult climb.
Duane Holmes (Derby County, Championship)
Holmes lasted 74 minutes in in a 3-3 draw with Brentford. More important news out of the match was that a Brentford fan was arrested for racially abusing Holmes during the fixture. Derby sit seventh, two points out of a promotion spot.
Lynden Gooch (Sunderland, League 1)
Gooch played twice for Sunderland this week, going 90 minutes in a 3-0 win over Accrington Stanley before being removed early with a hamstring injury in a weekend win over Rochdale. Gooch is questionable to return on Tuesday in a critical League One match against Burton.
Gboly Ariyibi (Motherwell, Scottish Premiership, on loan from Nottingham Forest)
Ariyibi started twice for Motherwell this week and was twice removed in the middle of the second half. Motherwell lost both games to top-of-the-table sides, Aberdeen and Motherwell.
Jann George (Jahn Regensburg, 2. Bundesliga)
George started and scored for Regensburg in a 2-1 win on Friday against Bochum. The forward powered home a bouncer from short range after the ball stay in play following a ridiculous sequence. It was a critical strike, too, one that equalized one minute after Bochum had taken the lead.
Ken Gipson (Sandhausen, 2. Bundesliga)
Gipson did not play for Sandhausen.
Wooten did appear, however, going 82 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Paderborn.
Joe Gyau (Duisburg, 2. Bundesliga)
Gyau was an unused sub for Duisburg this week.
Kevin Lankford (St. Pauli, 2. Bundesliga)
Lankford, too, was an unused sub. St. Pauli lost 2-1 Holstein Kiel, putting a dent in their promotion hopes.
Khiry Shelton (Paderborn, 2. Bundesliga)
After making a cameo appearance last week, Shelton did not make the 18-man roster this week for Paderborn.
Shaq Moore (Levante, La Liga)
Moore scored for Atletico Levante in a 1-1 draw with Conquense. That footage is proving difficult to dig up.
Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge, Jupiler League)
Brugge have started the final phase of the Jupiler League strongly, and the keeper did enough this week in a 3-2 win over Anderlecht and a 4-0 blanking of Liege. Brugge are now just one point behind Genk in the Championship table.
Brendan Hines-Ike (Kortrijk, Jupiler League)
Hines-Ike had a big week for Kortrijk in that he played 180 minutes and scored for Kortrijk, who won twice in the Belgian Europa League playoff group. The goal, too, was a thing of beauty, as he volleyed home a long cross from 15 yards out (as can be seen in the first clip of that video). It showed amazing touch for the defender, whose team needs to stay nearly perfect to qualify for the Europa League.
Desevio Payne (Excelsior Rotterdam, Eredivisie)
Payne twice didn’t make it off the bench this week for Rotterdam.
Romain Gall (Malmo, Allsvenskan)
Gall logged a full shift for Malmo in an early season loss go Sundsvall.
Ian Harkes (Dundee United, Scottish Championship)
Harkes went 90 minutes for Dundee, who drew Ross County 1-1. The draw isn’t helpful for Dundee, who stay five points behind Ross. Still, in second place, the side are lined up for a spot in the playoff semi-final, where they will play the third- or fourth-placed Scottish Championship side and, should they win, the second-lowest finisher in the Premiership for a spot in the top flight.
As hinted at above, the biggest news this week surrounded a Hannover youth player, specifically Sebastian Soto, who made his first-team debut as a 79th-minute substitute in the aforementioned 3-1 loss to Wolfsburg. He didn’t move the needle much during his stint on the pitch, but it’s nonetheless a huge moment for the 18-year-old, who will look to build on it with further senior showings over the season’s final weeks as Hannover likely prepares for life in the 2. Bundesliga. Staying in Germany, another bring young star, Uly Llanez, finally completed his long-awaited move to Wolfsburg upon his 18th birthday. Bundesliga registration rules mean he can’t play first-team football until next season, but Llanez could start to feature at the youth level soon. With any luck, he’ll hit the ground running like Alex Mendez has. The Freiburg youngster scored his first two goals this weekend, the first of which was a stunning strike from very long range that will open up some eyes. He has huge potential, and while he may not push for a senior debut this season, he very well could at some point in the next 12 months. Hopping to England, Marlon Fossey returned to action after recovering from a long-term knee injury, a welcome sign for the promising 20-year-old Fulham fullback. Given Fulham’s inconsistency, it’s not inconceivable that he could break into the first-team plans for next season if he can stay healthy. Finally, there’s a new name on our list this week as another youngster has popped up at Celtic. Striker Cameron Harper has 16 goals for the U-18 team this season, and he has played for the U-18s recently. He’s worked his way onto the radar with impressive showings this year, and while he’s still probably some time away from the first XI, he looks like a promising prospect nonetheless.
Jonathan Amon (FC Nordsjaelland, Danish Superliga)
Brandon Austin (Tottenham, Premier League)
Folarin Balogun (Arsenal, Premier League)
Luca de la Torre (Fulham, Premier League)
Marlon Fossey (Fulham, Premier League)
Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United, Premier League)
Owen Otasowie (Wolverhampton Wanderers, Premier League)
Matteo Ritaccio (Liverpool, Premier League)
Peter Stroud (West Ham United, Premier League)
Indiana Vassilev (Aston Villa, Championship)
Charlie Kelman (Southend United, League 1)
Maxi Dietz (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Alex Mendez (Freiburg, Bundesliga)
Michael Edwards (Wolfsburg, Bundesliga)
Chris Gloster (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Sebastian Soto (Hannover, Bundesliga)
Zyen Jones (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Nick Taitague (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Haji Wright (Schalke, Bundesliga)
Mason Judge (Eintracht Frankfurt, Bundesliga)
Jonathan Klinsmann (Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga)
Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund, Bundesliga)
Chris Richards (Bayern Munich, Bundesliga)
Pablo Soares (Borussia Monchengladbach, Bundesliga)
Isaiah Young (Werder Bremen, Bundesliga)
Lennard Maloney (Union Berlin, 2. Bundesliga)
Brady Scott (FC Koln, 2. Bundesliga)
Blaine Ferri (Greuther Fuerth, 2. Bundesliga)
Mukwelle Akale (Villarreal, La Liga)
Andre Costa (Rayo Vallecano, La Liga)
Konrad de la Fuente (Barcelona, La Liga)
Kosuke Ide (Leganes, La Liga)
Jack Imperato (Villarreal, La Liga)
Rayshaun McGann (Getafe, La Liga)
Cade Hagan (Sporting Gijon, Segunda Division)
Akil Watts (Mallorca, Segunda Division)
Gennaro Nigro (Roma, Serie A)
Sergino Dest (Ajax, Eredivisie)
Jamie Dunning (Feyenoord, Eredivisie)
Richie Ledezma (PSV, Eredivisie)
Stuart Ritchie (Groningen, Eredivisie)
Rickson van Hees (NEC Nijmegen, Eerste Divisie)
CJ Dos Santos (Benfica, Primeira Liga)
Eryk Williamson (Santa Clara, Primeira Liga, on loan from Portland Timbers)
Cameron Harper (Celtic, Scottish Premiership)
Ben Lederman (Gent, Jupiler League)
Christian Cappis (Hobro, Danish Superliga)
Emmanuel Sabbi (Hobro, Danish Superliga)